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America’s founding fathers believed in Christian principles

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By Gerald Murphy, Guest Columnist

There exists in our country a decided lack of understanding of many people.

Many have been taught in school or learned elsewhere that our country was not founded as a Christian nation and never was considered such. Additionally, the “popular” myth exists among some people, and even Christians, that our founding fathers were deists; men such as Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington. Deism is a way of looking at the world and believing there’s a god who created it, but then left things alone. Deists didn’t believe in miracles and even the son of God.

Please hear what the founders, themselves, said, in their own words ....

Patrick Henry, stated in no uncertain terms: “It cannot be emphasized too often or too strongly that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

John Quincy Adams stated: “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It united in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

The United States Supreme Court wrote in the 1892 case Church of the Holy Trinity v. the United States: “… our institutions are emphatically Christian … this is a Christian nation.”

From George Washington’s own journal come these words: “…wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb. Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of your son, Jesus Christ.”

At the age of 81, at the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin, whose beliefs are questionable, made the following statement:  At a moment when it looked like the Convention would break apart, he stood and said: “In the contest with Britain, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously  answered … have we now forgotten this powerful friend? ... I have lived sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of man … I therefore move that prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business.” James Madison then made the motion for prayer to be led by Christian ministers before they started their daily proceedings.

Even our present president claims we are no longer a Christian nation. (At least he seemed to indicate we used to be.) The Bible says in Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” This verse was foundational to our founding fathers and our nation’s people, as a whole, for years afterward. Even those who weren’t Christian valued and respected the faith.

Everyone who is “older” remembers Bible readings and prayers at the beginning of every public school day. Even after it was declared “unconstitutional” by the Supreme Court, my school system continued the practice for years in spite of the ruling.

How long will God allow us to outlaw him and his word from the public sector without being punished? Oh, one can still say, “God bless America,” but it stops there, and somehow those words don’t ring true any longer.

When will God judge our nation? I think we’re already experiencing it, and unless things change, we will continue to see Christian faith demeaned and marginalized. Sad to say, we have the kind of evil, untrustworthy government a fallen nation deserves. Deceit, immorality and lies have become commonplace.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7